Shiga ware cylindrical tea bowl in Oribe style

White clay, pinkish buff where exposed.
Decoration of grasses incised under clear brown wash; hatching incised under clear glaze (body indented in each area); and flower and grasses painted in black overglaze enamel.
Kiln mark, “Shiga シカ,” in katakana syllables without frame, stamped on base inside foot rim. Thick iron wash over half, appearing dull yellowish brown; clear glaze on other half of body, appearing gray where it partially overlaps wash.
Five spur marks (from clay wads) on foot rim.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1800-1868
Medium
Stoneware with iron glaze and black enamel over clear glaze
Style
Shiga ware
Dimensions
H x Diam: 8.7 × 9.2 cm (3 7/16 × 3 5/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Nagasaki prefecture, Tsushima island
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1899.37
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl

Keywords
brown and black glaze, Edo period (1615 - 1868), enamel, flower, Japan, Shiga ware, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1899
Bunkio Matsuki (1867-1940), Boston, to 1899 [1]

From 1899 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bunkio Matsuki in 1899 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 430, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bunkio Matsuki (C.L. Freer source) 1867-1940

Description

White clay, pinkish buff where exposed.
Decoration of grasses incised under clear brown wash; hatching incised under clear glaze (body indented in each area); and flower and grasses painted in black overglaze enamel.
Kiln mark, "Shiga シカ," in katakana syllables without frame, stamped on base inside foot rim. Thick iron wash over half, appearing dull yellowish brown; clear glaze on other half of body, appearing gray where it partially overlaps wash.
Five spur marks (from clay wads) on foot rim.

Inscription(s)

(Louise A. Cort, from Seto and Mino Ceramics, 1992) Kiln mark, "Shiga," in katakana syllables without frame, stamped on base inside foot rim.

Marking(s)

shika シカ

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Seto and Mino Ceramics. Washington and Honolulu, 1992. cat. 118, p. 208.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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